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The season of gift giving is just around the corner. Though it can be a stressful time of year, the fun of tracking down gifts that delight the ones we love always seems to be worth it in the end.
The thing is: Men can be hard to shop for. Most of us have, at some point, asked a guy what he wants for the holidays just to hear the familiar phrase, "I have everything I need."
So, we found 22 of the most stylish, delicious, handy, cozy and coolest gifts men. Whether he's an avid outdoorsman, a frequent flyer, a top chef in the making or a design fanatic, we've found affordable ways to show him some serious love this holiday season.
When we release our 2018 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.
Our Top 5 Gifts for Guys
- 1. Flight 001 4-in-1 Travel Power Adapter, $12, Amazon
Any guy who makes frequent trips abroad for work or pleasure will appreciate the ease and utility of this 5-in-1 power adapter. This one works in 150 countries and even includes two USB ports for additional convenience.
- 2. L.L.Bean Sherpa-lined plaid flannel, $89, L.L.Bean
Speaking of flannels ... we love the traditional looks and fits from L.L. Bean, especially for Dad and Grandpa. It's a "giftable" shirt for any guy on your list because it's lined with cozy Sherpa fleece for extra warmth and a pop of on-trend style!
- 3. Crosley Radio Switch II Turntable & Speakers, $169, Nordstrom
Combining modern conveniences and an old-school turntable, this Crosley radio player can support vinyl records, MP3 players and your iPhone thanks to an aux jack and Bluetooth. So, it can deliver quality sound for both retro and contemporary tunes.
Crosley also offers a portable turntable in a rainbow of colorful cases that's just $70!
- 4. Limited Edition Dopp Kit, $45, Away
And as any good jet-setter knows, having the proper, roomy-but-packable dopp kit for all your toiletries is key. We've been fans of Away's luggage for a while now, and their thoughtfully-made kit comes in a range of colors and fabrications, so you can find the one that feels just right for your guy.
If you're looking for a more affordable dopp kit gift, this one from Herschel Supply Co is just $30!
- 5. Portable Jump Starter, $90 (usually $100), The Grommet
You never know what might happen when you're out on the open road, and a dead car battery can be a disaster — as can a dead phone battery. This clever little gadget can charge either, making it essential for camping and road trips.
For his closet
Even the most well-dressed man will appreciate an update to his wardrobe this holiday season. The trick to giving a wearable gift — without ruining the surprise — is to either pick something that doesn't require knowing his size (like a watch or sunglasses) or something with some flexibility (jackets and sweaters are easier than pants and shoes, for example).
- 1. Timex Unisex Weekender Watch, $31, Amazon
These lightweight watches will let your favorite guy keep time in style. The Timex Weekender is a favorite on Amazon with more than 6,000 reviews! We love the variety of colorful nylon straps available.
- 2. Greats Royale Knit sneakers, $99, Greats
Greats is a cult favorite sneaker brand among stylish guys, but their leather sneakers can get pricey. We love this knit version of the Royale sneaker that's comfy and breathable. (To get his size, turn over a pair of his sneakers when he's not looking!)
If you're looking for a less expensive white sneaker to give to your favorite guy, consider these faux leather sneakers from Old Navy that are just $37!
- 3. Kizik Sneakers, $180, Zappos
Know a guy who hates tying his shoes? The kind of guy who might just leave his shoes tied the same way for weeks and slip in and out of them without changing a thing. These lace-free shoes are for that guy. The leather material looks sleek and the subtle elastics keep the shoes in place all day.
- 4. Patagonia Lightweight Synchilla Snap-T Fleece Pullover, $71-$119, Patagonia
What's old is new again, especially when it comes to performance fleece. This snap-front pullover from Patagonia is the perfect gift for any guy on your list who happens to be a winter sports buff or just loves the ski lifestyle. The design is iconic and timeless — it looks like you might have lifted it from your dad's closet in the '90s.
- 5. Classic Terrycloth Bathrobe, $98, Snowe
We know, we know. Robes are such a "dad" gift. But, there are few things more enjoyable on a Sunday morning than kicking back with a paper and coffee in hand, wrapped in terrycloth. Plus, he has to wear something from the front door to the mailbox, doesn't he?
- 6. Oakley 'Frogskins' Sunglasses, $123, Backcountry
Buying sunglasses for someone else can be tricky. But, we'll let you in on a secret: These Oakley 'Frogskin' sunglasses will work every time. Resurrected from a 1980's design and incredibly high-quality, they look good on men, women and all face shapes.
For a similar style at a lower price, we also love these $48 shades from Sunski!
For the kitchen
If you've got a serious foodie or amateur chef on your list, treat him to something practical he'll actually use ... or eat!
- 1. 'The Three' Tool Set, $60, Material
If your favorite guy loves preparing his meals as much as he loves eating them, he'll appreciate the sleek look and cool craftsmanship of Material's kitchen set, which allows you to choose from four tools to create the perfect mix-and-match set.
- 2. Bodum Pour-Over Coffee Maker, $17, Amazon
Anyone who truly loves coffee should be making their own at home. We love this affordable pour-over coffee maker from Bodum because it doesn't require a constant stream of paper filters, which makes it more environmentally friendly than other options.
- 3. SodaStream Fizzi Sparkling Water Maker, $83, Amazon
Does your favorite guy have a serious thing for La Croix? Give the gift of constant bubbly water on a budget. With Sodastream, he can make his own sparkling water (or sparkling anything, really) at home. The Fizzi comes in white or black, and is only $50 if you don't include a carbonator.
- 4. Home-Complete Cast Iron Pizza Pan, $25, Amazon
Sometimes it's important to remember that the best gifts are about what people want, not what they need! This cast iron pan will help him bake the perfect pizza at home. It even works for a single slice of last night's leftovers.
- 5. 'Cheese of the Month' Subscription, $75+, Murray's Cheese
For a guy who's been extra good this year, treat him to Murray's epic Cheese of the Month Club. On the second Thursday of each month, he'll receive three spectacular and special cheeses, chosen by the mongers at Murray's, right on his doorstep.
For the man cave
If you have a guy on your list that loves to sit back, relax and just enjoy some time at home, then these gifts are for him. Whether he's a video game lover or music junkie, these gifts are sure to be ones he'll love.
- 1. "The Gentleman’s Companion" by Charles H. Baker, $16, Amazon
Beloved by some of the most accomplished bartenders and liquor experts around, this tome is filled with the recipes and origin stories for classic cocktails from around the globe. They are sure to delight the curious at-home bartender and inspire a whole new take on happy hour.
- 2. Native Union Eclipse 3-Port USB Charger, $80, Amazon
For the guy who wants (and needs!) to be plugged in at all times, this three-device charger from Native Union will make the perfect gift. Stylish enough to proudly display on his bedside or coffee table, the gadget keeps cords and tech toys charged and organized.
- 3. Double Deck of Personalized Playing Cards, $49, Mark & Graham
Whether he loves to host poker night or is more of a Go Fish guy, he'll appreciate the thoughtful nature of this set of playing cards. They can be personalized with a message or monogram and come in a variety of colors and patterns.
- 4. Celina Mancurti Personalized Leather Coaster Set, $36, Amazon
Coasters aren't necessarily a novel gift idea, but we think these monogrammable ones are special. Think of each leather coaster as an instant heirloom piece — they'll show their wear (red wine drips, whiskey blotches) with pride.
From road trips to business trips, there are plenty of ways to treat the guy who's always on the go. From handy tools to entertaining extras, these gifts will make adventures by plane, train and automobile all more enjoyable.
- 1. Classic Backgammon Set, $22, Hayneedle
It's easy to forget that some of the best games can't be played on your phone. Backgammon is one of the classics, and this magnetic travel set is just the right size to fit into any purse or carry-on bag. Play it with your significant other or teach your kids on a long flight, by the campfire or at your grandparents' house over the holidays.
- 2. Panasonic Any-Battery LED Flashlight, $34, Amazon
It's a bit of a wonder we haven't seen something like this before, but it caught our attention immediately upon discovery — a flashlight that takes almost any type of battery! This is a great gift for camping enthusiasts. It's also great for around the house in case of emergencies.
- 3. Ursa Major Traveler's Skin Care Kit, $41, Need Supply
Frequent travelers know that having a nicely-stocked dopp kit can make all the difference when you're on the go. Ursa Major's selection of TSA-approved supplies is a great gift for any man with a serious travel bug.
- 4. Outdoor Tech Los Cabos Bluetooth Headphones, $39, Amazon
From your airport taxi to that coveted extra leg-room window seat, a pair of wireless headphones will keep you company without the hassle of cords and reaching for your device to skip songs or pause podcasts. External controls allow you to do all that in addition to adjusting the volume and even answer calls.
- 5. Authority Laptop Backpack Deluxe, $139, Timbuk2
A perfect bag for work or travel, this laptop backpack from Timbuk2 has tons of features your guy-on-the-go will love, including a luggage pass-through that lets you slide it easily on top of your rolling suitcase and a padded sleeve holds up to a 17" laptop that and can be accessed inside or out.
- 6. Barebones Living Pathfinder Cooler, $60, Backcountry
Whether for picnics, camping or a long and lazy afternoon in the park, any outdoorsy guy will appreciate the stylish and utilitarian function of this cooler. It comes with a comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap and can hold as many as 16 12 oz. cans.
- 7. "The Storm of the Century" by Al Roker, $18, NBC Store
A great book to help pass the time on the plane, Al Roker's "The Storm of the Century" tells the story and the aftermath of the great gulf hurricane of 1900.